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I cannot believe I am in this same place again. Well, same building, same principles, different specific room. We’ve moved up a floor to a room where the floor tiles are firmly intact. Mostly, at least.

I remember, less and less vividly, sitting in these chairs and watching Justin as he taught us about cycling safety. He showed us this silly video about cycling performance (Performance by MC SpandX), and I had no clue what was going on. Those meetings were full of foreign information on everything from fundraising to packing, and each time I gained a little more insight into what would define my college experience.

That was three years ago, back when I was a bright-eyed freshman, thrilled with the opportunity to be a part of the Illini 4000. Now I’m a senior, wrapping up my last semester before I graduate and ship off to the workforce, and I just cannot believe how much time has gone by. I’ve watched as two teams replaced me and I4K 2k10, each one filled with the same enthusiasm and energy that had overwhelmed me my first time around.

So now I am given the chance to do this all over again. I may have cycled across the country once, but I certainly haven’t learned everything that the Illini 4000 has to teach me. Sitting on the board and watching the riders grow each year has shown me something special, something I cannot put into words. And I know this year will continue the tradition.

This year has the coolest riders. Coming from the kid who spent freshman year hiding in the background, I am incredibly excited to ride with my teammates this year. And I am so excited for each and every one of them. I took away something profound from my ride, as has everyone I’ve ever spoken to regarding I4K.

So here we go again. I4K 2k13 is off to the races. We’re training, fundraising, and eventually we’ll learn how to fix a flat. But right now, let’s raise some money for cancer research and hit it hard on those stationary bikes.

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